Lionel Richie is planning on releasing a country duet album, titled “Tuskegee,” in October. Named after his Alabama home-town, the album will feature stars like Sugarland, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Willie Nelson, and Tim McGraw, and even Shania Twain. His country music friends will sing new duet version of Richie’s top hits.
Richie told Boston.com that he has been a member of the Country Music Association since the 80′s. He feels that there is a very small line between the country music genre and R&B.
Country music is pop music today with new country [artists like] Rascal Flatts and Jennifer Nettles [of Sugarland]. I’d been a member of the Country Music Association for the last 30 years but I didn’t pull that trigger because I figured “I’ll stay in pop and R&B.’’ But the truth of the matter is I’ve been a member of country music since the early ’80s. I always tell people there’s a very thin line between country and R&B, between “take this job and shove it’’ and “oh baby don’t leave me.’’ The stories are the same and they’re real stories. This album that I’m doing right now is a duets album with all of the country artists singing my songs.
To read the rest of the interview with Richie, and for more on his love for country music, read Boston.com‘s full interview with the legend.